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Harry Reid Beat Back Majority of Filibusters in 2011

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call

In 2009, Reid won 35 of 39 ó a stunning 90 percent ó of his attempts to invoke cloture on a variety of measures and nominations. That was helped mostly by the fact that for most of the year, he only needed to pick off one or two Republicans in order to win a cloture vote. Reid initially operated with a 59-seat majority, and by the end of the year, the Democratic Conference had 60 Members, which ensured passage of the controversial health care reform law.

His impressive success rate in 2009 helped Reid set a record during the 111th Congress, which includes both 2009 and 2010, by becoming the chamberís most successful Majority Leader in history at killing attempted filibusters. Reid won 69 percent of his total attempts to shut down threatened filibusters in those two years. The next best rate is held by former Majority Leaders Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) and Mike Mansfield (D-Mont.), who both won 63 percent of the time in the 109th Congress and the 94th Congress, respectively.

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